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Waverly High School Graduates Outscore Peers on ACT Exam

August 20, 2014

Waverly High School continues its prominent status above state and national averages in ACT scores for the standard college entrance exam. The ACT is taken annually by the nation's seniors who are focusing on post-secondary college admissions. The latest results, released by ACT this week, demonstrate that Waverly achieved a composite average of 22.5 compared to a state average of 21.7. The highest possible ACT score is 36.

There were 103 Waverly seniors who took the ACT exam, and 17,768 Nebraska students took the ACT last year. For the sixth consecutive year, WHS students exceeded state averages on the ACT. Reading continues to be the highest scoring category for WHS students, with an average score of 23.1 in that category, compared to a state average of 22.

The ACT scores are a reflection of academic rigor and preparation for students planning to attend college.  Our students have the commitment and drive to succeed, and our parents are passionate about the quality of their children's education. When this is combined with teachers who clearly possess the ability to bring student learning to its fullest potential, we have a great recipe for success.

The excellent ACT scores reflect the high percentage of juniors and seniors annually who are already enrolled in college level coursework at Waverly.  A partnership with Southeast Community College and Nebraska Wesleyan University allows many graduating seniors to walk across the stage and get a diploma that not only meets high school graduation requirements but includes the equivalent of one, two, or even three semesters of college course credits before they even enroll as freshmen at the post-secondary destination of their choice.  

Waverly students exceeded state and national averages in all areas tested, including English, Math, Reading, and Science. Waverly students who took four years of science scored an average of 24.9 on the science portion of the test, compared to a state average of 23. Waverly math students who took Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Trigonometry scored an average of 23.5 on the math portion, compared to a state average of 21.6.

ACT research has shown that it is the rigor of the coursework, rather than the number of courses, that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness. At Waverly High School, we continue to provide a rigorous curriculum and create a school culture that expects students to succeed.

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